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Top 20 Kid Shows From The 80s & 90s

April 29th, 2008 11:35am EDT
Ren & Stimpy
Remember the innocence of childhood? The birthday parties. The water gun fights. The sleep overs. Oh, and the television shows! This is a countdown of the top 20 kids shows from the mid 80s and mid 90s. There are some exceptions, though, and they are as follows:

Though excellent shows, programs such as Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Sesame Street, and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" are absent from this list. This isn’t just because they premiered decades ago but also because their target demographic was roughly children six and under, rather than kids aged seven to fifteen, which this coun...
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Where Are They Now: The Cast Of 'Family Ties'

April 8th, 2008 1:00pm EDT
Family Ties
Family Ties, a wildly popular 80's show about an Ohio family, originally premiered on NBC Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in 1982. Steve and Elyse Keaton (Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter-Birney) were products of the 60's love and peace hippie movement. They were smart and professional; Elyse was an architect and Steve was in public television. Their politics were liberal.

Oddly enough, their offspring included the ultra-conservative Alex (Michael J. Fox), who was into all things Wall Street and Republican, and Mallory (Justine Bateman), who was an airhead into designer jeans and boys who were ...
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New TV On DVD, April 8

April 8th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Matlock
Matlock was a crime drama centering on Ben Matlock, a criminal defense attorney who charged $100,000 per case. But he was worth every penny because he and his associates always found the real killer. Season one is now on DVD. Also on DVD: seasons seven and eight of The Cosby Show, season one of Hell's Kitchen, and season one of Rock Of Love.
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From Aly & AJ To Zac Efron: Top Tween Musical Acts

April 3rd, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Jonas Brothers
Forget about MTV. Disney and Nickelodeon are the main go-to channels to find some of today's hottest tween music acts. Disney alums like Hilary Duff paved the way for these top tweens.

Jonas Brothers

Disney favorites The Jonas Brothers are currently the most successful boy band on the scene right now. The New Jersey brothers have two recorded albums under their belts: It's About Time and the self-titled The Jonas Brothers. They are now on a sold out U.S. national tour.

Miley Cyrus

Though "she's just being Miley" these days, this Disney celeb had us seeing d...
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The Image of Black Women in Entertainment

March 24th, 2008 1:17pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Where in the world are black women in today's entertainment? There is a significant dearth in quality images of African-American women in television and film. And no, Oprah's un-Godly success and stature doesn't diminish this truth.

It wasn't always like this. In 1968, Diahann Carroll starred in the ground breaking series "Julia." Heralded as being the first series to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role, "Julia" produced 86 episodes and Carroll earned herself a golden globe.

In the 70s, Pam Grier played a character that went against the typical African American fema...
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Unnecessary and Unwanted: The Worst TV Cast Additions

March 5th, 2008 3:33pm EST
Ted McGinley
You know them, you loathe them. They are the unnecessary, obnoxious and often just plain annoying mid-series additions to established shows. Sure, there are times when a compelling, fresh-faced character is introduced and breathes new life into a series. Unfortunately, those instances are few and far between. Like with most of the television industry, the bad in this case far outweighs the good.

What follows is a list of the worst cast additions** in the last 30 years. Each and every one of the characters mentioned below was detrimental to the series in which he or she appeared. Som...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

February 25th, 2008 10:29am EST
A Raisin in the Sun
Monday, Feb. 25

A Raisin in the Sun (ABC, 8 p.m.) - This adaptation of the classic play stars The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, Private Practice's Audra McDonald, Sean Combs and odd-man out John Stamos.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 9 p.m.) - Cameron enrolls in a ballet class taught by Dmitri's sister. This should be a piece of cake for real life ballerina Summer Glau.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Cash-strapped Allison's going over to the dark side? Say it isn't so.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

American Idol (FOX, 8 p.m.) - The top 10 guys take the stage.

One Tr...
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The Ultimate TV Lineup: 'Star Trek,' 'Cheers,' 'Buffy' & Much More

January 29th, 2008 2:58pm EST
Get Smart
Imagine this: through some temporal anomaly, rift in the space time continuum, or other such unique phenomenon, we are transported to an alternate reality. This new world is strikingly similar to our own, with one major exception. The television industry.

In this time-compressed universe, every show in the history of television is currently in production. All original actors/writers/producers are alive. Each show is exactly as it was in its prime, although the number of episodes in each show's original run is irrelevant.

In this brave new world, where every series is in ex...
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'Snoop Dogg's Father Hood' Is Worth Watching Despite Scripted Moments

January 28th, 2008 9:37am EST
Snoop Dogg
"Snoop Dogg's Father Hood," airing on the E! Channel, is a reality show that gives viewers a glimpse into a day in the life of Snoop Dogg and his family. If you are tuning in hoping to see him getting arrested, smoking blunts, and chasing women, you may be disappointed to find a family man who's family, despite his claims, is not unlike the Huxtables from The Cosby Show.

At the start of one episode, Cori, Snoop's 8-year-old daughter, informs Snoop's wife Shante, that their 13-year-old son, Corde', was planning on going to a party with girls without telling his parents where he was go...
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A Lost Art: Top TV Opening Credit Sequences

January 11th, 2008 11:23am EST
The Cosby Show
The television opening credit sequence is truly an art form. Frankly, it is hard to believe that it has never been considered as a category for any of the major award shows. It should be. An excellent sequence can make a mediocre series good, a good series great, and a great series…well, you get the idea.

Okay, so maybe the above statement is a little bit of a stretch. Still, opening sequences can be pretty entertaining. They may be a dying art form these days, but that is all the more reason to celebrate the very pinnacle of achievement in the field. There have been many great ...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Top 5 Comedies

December 27th, 2007 12:00pm EST
How I Met Your Mother
Long gone are the days of NBC's "Must See TV," which consisted of classics such as The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends. Although today's comedic offerings aren't as legendary as those in the past, there are still a few gems that shone slightly brighter in '07.

Top 5 Comedies:

5. "The Simpsons" - It's still one of the best shows on TV after all this time, and it managed to avoid the lull suffered by "South Park" following the release of its first film. This year Homer was allowed to be a bit smarter than in seasons past, and it returned to more of the satirical humor tha...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 16

November 16th, 2007 3:00am EST
Diana Krall
Happy Birthday to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977), figure skater Oksana Baiul (1977), actress Martha Plimpton (1970), Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (1967), Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall (1964), pitcher Dwight Gooden (1964), CSI Marg Helgenberger (1958), and acting great Burgess Meredith (1907; d. 1997).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 18

August 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Denis Leary
Happy Birthday to Relient K musician Jonathan Schneck (1981), "The Cosby Show" actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1970), "Pump Up The Volume" star Christian Slater (1969), "American History X" star Edward Norton (1969), rap/hip hop artist Everlast (1969), actress Madeleine Stowe (1958), "Rescue Me" star Denis Leary (1957), "Road House" star Patrick Swayze (1952), comedic actor Martin Mull (1943), prolific actor/director Robert Redford (1936), baseball legend Roberto Clemente (1934; d. 1972), controversial director Roman Polanski (1933), actress Shelley Winters (1920; d. 2006), deadball-era basebal...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 1

August 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jerry Garcia
Happy Birthday to MTV! (1981); O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel (1981), Avenged Sevenfold musician M. Shadows (1981), Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (1978), "The Cosby Show" actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), film director Sam Mendes (1965), rapper Coolio (1963), Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (1960), Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (1959), musician Robert Cray (1953), Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia (1942; d. 1995), actor/comedian Dom DeLuise (1933), Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819; d. 1889), and explorer William Clark (1770; d. 1838).
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 19

June 19th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Paula Abdul
Happy Birthday to "Without a Trace" actress Poppy Montgomery (1972), Korn guitarist-turned-holy-man Brian "Head" Welch (1970), "American Idol" jugde and singer Paula Abdul (1962), "Romancing The Stone" actress Kathleen Turner (1954), Heart singer Ann Wilson (1951), British guitarist Nick Drake (1948), "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (1948), Italian actress Pier Angeli (1932; d. 1972), "The Notebook" actress Gena Rowlands (1930), "The Sopranos" matriarch Nancy Marchand (1928; d. 2000), baseball legend Lou Gehrig (1903; d. 1941), and Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo (1902; 1977).
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New TV on DVD, June 5

June 5th, 2007 8:00am EDT
CHiPs
Where the rubber meets the road and the bad guys meet the badge -- that's where you'll find California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon and Ponch. Set in the sun-drenched sprawl of Los Angeles, CHiPs combines action, heroics and fun in 22 season-one episodes. Also on DVD: season 1 of The Fall Guy, seasons 3 of Rescue Me, seasons 3 and 4 of The Cosby Show, season 5 of Dead Zone, season 6 of Hogan's Heroes, and season 8 of Seinfeld.
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 9

April 9th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Hugh Hefner
Happy Birthday to "Zathura" actress Kristen Stewart (1990), singer/actor Jesse McCartney (1987), "The Cosby Show" actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (1979), MCR lead singer Gerard Way (1977), "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon (1966), "American Dreamz" actor Dennis Quaid (1954), rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins (1932; d. 1998), Playboy creator/editor Hugh Hefner (1926), and Dixieland musician Sharkey Bonano (1904; d. 1972).
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Raven-Symone and Robi Reed to Receive Top Honors At NAMIC Vision Awards

March 26th, 2007 10:07am EDT
Raven-Symone
The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) just announced that world renowned entertainer Raven-Symone and veteran casting director Robi Reed will receive top honors at the 13th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards.

Scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California, the NAMIC Vision Awards is the only entertainment industry event recognizing achievements in multi-ethnic, original cable programming.

"We are proud to honor Raven and Robi, two visionaries who have advanced the positive imagery of people of color on camera an...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 16

November 16th, 2006 3:00am EST
Diana Krall
Happy Birthday to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977), figure skater Oksana Baiul (1977), actress Martha Plimpton (1970), Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (1967), Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall (1964), pitcher Dwight Gooden (1964), CSI Marg Helgenberger (1958), and acting great Burgess Meredith (1907; d. 1997).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 18

August 18th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Denis Leary
Happy Birthday to Relient K musician Jonathan Schneck (1981), "The Cosby Show" actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1970), "Pump Up The Volume" star Christian Slater (1969), "American History X" star Edward Norton (1969), rap/hip hop artist Everlast (1969), actress Madeleine Stowe (1958), "Rescue Me" star Denis Leary (1957), "Road House" star Patrick Swayze (1952), comedic actor Martin Mull (1943), prolific actor/director Robert Redford (1936), baseball legend Roberto Clemente (1934; d. 1972), controversial director Roman Polanski (1933), actress Shelley Winters (1920; d. 2006), deadball-era basebal...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 1

August 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jerry Garcia
Happy Birthday to MTV! (1981); O-Town singer Ashley Parker Angel (1981), Avenged Sevenfold musician M. Shadows (1981), Arizona Cardinals running back Edgerrin James (1978), "The Cosby Show" actress Tempestt Bledsoe (1973), film director Sam Mendes (1965), rapper Coolio (1963), Public Enemy rapper Chuck D (1960), Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott (1959), musician Robert Cray (1953), Grateful Dead guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia (1942; d. 1995), actor/comedian Dom DeLuise (1933), Moby Dick author Herman Melville (1819; d. 1889), and explorer William Clark (1770; d. 1838).
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New 'That's So Raven' DVD Now Out; Win a Free Copy

July 19th, 2006 2:35pm EDT
Walt Disney Home Entertainment just released a brand new That's So Raven DVD called That's So Raven - Raven's Makeover Madness. Starpulse.com is giving five lucky fans a chance to win a free copy. Click here to enter our That's So Raven giveaway. (contest ends August 7)

From the #1 show on the Disney Channel, That's So Raven - Raven's Makeover Madness contains four individual episodes, including a bonus never-before-seen episode and an all-new trivia game featuring Raven and the cast. Raven gets herself into hysterical situations as her life gets made over with a dream internship in th...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 19

June 19th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Paula Abdul
Happy Birthday to "Without a Trace" actress Poppy Montgomery (1972), Korn guitarist-turned-holy-man Brian "Head" Welch (1970), "American Idol" jugde and singer Paula Abdul (1962), "Romancing The Stone" actress Kathleen Turner (1954), Heart singer Ann Wilson (1951), British guitarist Nick Drake (1948), "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (1948), Italian actress Pier Angeli (1932; d. 1972), "The Notebook" actress Gena Rowlands (1930), "The Sopranos" matriarch Nancy Marchand (1928; d. 2000), baseball legend Lou Gehrig (1903; d. 1941), and Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo (1902; 1977).
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Catch More Classic Sitcoms on Nick at Nite

May 3rd, 2006 11:59am EDT
Tim Allen stars in Home Improvement
Nick at Nite will add even more hit shows to its line-up of popular comedies like The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Roseanne with the addition of A Different World, Designing Women, Newsradio and Home Improvement. The new series rollout will begin in July and continue through September.

"Nick at Nite is the premier destination for sitcoms like Home Improvement that have a strong appeal to the Nick at Nite audience," states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land and Nick at Nite. "These programs represent the perfect fit for our viewers and we are thrilled to add them to our alrea...
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"Pure 80s" Compilation Features 18 No. 1 Hits; Comes Out May 9

April 30th, 2006 9:00pm EDT
Pac-Man
Got enough 80s? Pure 80s: #1s features 18 chart-topping smash hits, from "Eye Of The Tiger," "Addicted To Love," "Every Breath You Take" And "Maniac" To "Karma Chameleon," "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "What's Love Got To Do With It."

The '80s were a hit-and-miss decade. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pac-Man, MTV, "Miami Vice," "Cheers," "The Cosby Show," the CD, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were hits. The New Coke, the return of Halley's Comet, and the DeLorean were misses. On the music charts, the hits and misses were just as obvious. Eighteen of the hits--all so...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 9

April 9th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Hugh Hefner
Happy Birthday to "Zathura" actress Kristen Stewart (1990), singer/actor Jesse McCartney (1987), "The Cosby Show" actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (1979), MCR lead singer Gerard Way (1977), "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon (1966), "American Dreamz" actor Dennis Quaid (1954), rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins (1932; d. 1998), Playboy creator/editor Hugh Hefner (1926), and Dixieland musician Sharkey Bonano (1904; d. 1972).
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New TV on DVD, March 7

March 7th, 2006 8:00am EST
Go back in time with this week's new TV shows on DVD. Kick back and relax as you enjoy the antics of The Cosby Show (season two), Hogan's Heroes (season three), The Brady Bunch (season five) and Three's Company (season six).

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New Wave of 'Celebrities' Joins VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club'

December 19th, 2005 1:00pm EST
Kelly LeBrock
VH1's popular fitness and nutrition series, "Celebrity Fit Club," is back for a third season on Jan 1. VH1 has gathered a hot new lineup of celebrities including Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Jeff Conaway (Taxi, Grease), Countess Vaughn ("The Parkers"), Bruce Vilanch (writer/comedian, "Hollywood Squares"), Kelly LeBrock (The Woman In Red), Young MC (rapper, "Bust A Move"), Chastity Bono (daughter of Sonny & Cher), and Bizarre (actor/rapper) of D12 (The Longest Yard).

Over two successful seasons, 15 previous Celebrity Fit Clubbers have bitched, battled, bonded (and bitched some m...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 16

November 16th, 2005 3:00am EST
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Happy Birthday to actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (1977), figure skater Oksana Baiul (1977), actress Martha Plimpton (1970), Cosby kid Lisa Bonet (1967), Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall (1964), pitcher Dwight Gooden (1964), CSI Marg Helgenberger (1958), and acting great Burgess Meredith (1907; d. 1997).
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